In Ten Words, How Does Your Caregiving Day Start?

6 a.m. in Dana's house: "After giving my husband a bed bath, changing his catheter, and transferring him into his wheelchair, we're up for the day, and I make the bed while he brushes his teeth and empties his leg bag. Next: breakfast."

From our Caregiving Day in Photos: 6 a.m. in Dana’s house: “After giving my husband a bed bath, changing his catheter, and transferring him into his wheelchair, we’re up for the day, and I make the bed while he brushes his teeth and empties his leg bag. Next: breakfast.”

I think a family caregiver starts a day like no other. You’re not just starting your day, you’re also starting the day of your caree (or carees) and perhaps your kids.

So, I’d love to know more about how your day starts–your tasks, your priorities, your time constraints, your pressure, your favorite breakfast. And, for fun, I’d love to know what’s it like in ten words. (I’m giving you four bonus words for this one. And, remember, you can hyphenate to create one word.) You can create as many ten-word stories to describe the start of your day as you’d like.

It could be:

The morning begins as it ends: Clean, loud, rush, scramble.

Change sheets, change caree, change me, hand-off to the aide.

Please share your ten-word stories about how your day starts in our comments section, below. I’ll choose a random winner to receive audio copies of Take Comfort and Take Comfort, Too. With these MP3s, you can bring my words of comfort with you wherever you need them–the car, the doctor’s house, your house.

Looking forward to reading your stories.

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About Denise Brown

I began working with family caregivers in 1990 and launched CareGiving.com in 1996 to help and support them. Through my blog, I share words of comfort and offer coping strategies and tips. I also write opinion pieces about recent research, community programs and media coverage of caregiving issues. I've written several caregiving books, including "The Caregiving Years, Six Stages to a Meaningful Journey," "Take Comfort, Reflections of Hope for Caregivers" and "After Caregiving Ends, A Guide to Beginning Again." You can purchase my books and schedule a coaching call with me in our store.

9 thoughts on “In Ten Words, How Does Your Caregiving Day Start?

  1. Avatar of SueSue

    First of all – I love that room in the picture! The color, the headboard, the sign on the wall…it looks peaceful and comforting!

    Okay – ten words:

    Early rise, coffee, breakfast, hugs, meds in syringes, plan day!

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